Sound Design for the Stage

Gareth Fry
Sound Design for the Stage is a practical guide to designing, creating and developing the sound for a live performance. Based on the author's extensive industry experience, it takes the reader through the process of creating a show, from first contact to press night, with numerous examples from high-profile productions. Written in a detailed but accessible approach, this comprehensive book offers key insights into a fast-moving industry. Topics covered include: how to analyze a script to develop ideas and concepts; how to discuss your work with a director; telling the emotional story; working with recorded and live music; how to record, create, process and abstract sound; designing for devised work; key aspects of acoustics and vocal intelligibility; the politics of radio mics and vocal foldback; how to design a sound system and, finally, what to do when things go wrong. With helpful advice on finding work and negotiating contracts, this guide will be especially useful for emergent sound designers and directors, focusing on the creative and collaborative process between sound designer, director, performer and writer.
Sound Design for the Stage by Gareth Fry

About the author

Gareth Fry is an Olivier and Tony award-winning sound designer. His recent designs include Harry Potter and the Cursed Child and Complicite's The Encounter, building on years of experience designing plays, musicals, dance and opera productions worldwide, including over 20 productions at the National Theatre. He has also created work for exhibitions and events, from the V&A's David Bowie Is exhibition, to the Opening Ceremony of the 2012 Olympic Games. He holds three Olivier Awards, two Tony Awards, two Drama Desks Awards, two Helpmann Awards and an Evening Standard Award. Gareth is an honorary fellow of the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.